Saturday, 9 February 2013

Stay Cool

Lady Govan was always quite posh and was first in her class at school to have a colour telly. The family also had a refrigerator, Frigidaire, with a toty freezer compartment at the top, in which sat a metal ice cube tray affording LG and her pals deliciously cold bottles of water on summer picnics.
 
Today I catch sight of a bottle of milk out on a Govan tenement window ledge. This instantly brings back to memory my best teenage friend. With no fridge in her kitchen, the glass milk bottles stood out on the window ledge or in a basin of cold water to keep them fresh. Cheese sat on a larder shelf under a dish. Vegetables and fruit were bought and eaten every day, so no need for refrigeration. Ice cream was bought off the van in the evening; a cone, a single nougat, an oyster, or a tub - with a splash of raspberry. Ginger bottles stayed cool on the stone floor of a dark cupboard.


4 comments:

Ellen said...

Our neighbour was posh too and had a fridge, providing us kids with orange ice cubes. What a treat. Window ledges were handy for whitened sandshoes left there to dry. Remember the clothes pole that was pushed out from the window? I don't ever remember them at the front of the tenements though just at the back.

Nihil Sine Labore said...

Oh yes! Orange ice cubes!! I loved them. And when I was a baby, my ma was hanging nappies out on that clothes pole and the man who lived next door was hanging out of the window smoking. His wife had just had a baby that day and he says to my ma, "Ye're puttin oot too many flags, Mrs C. It was just a lassie."

Sandra PA said...

Too many flags.....that made me laugh, LG! We didn't have a fridge in Govan but our milk was used up in a day and seemed to last just fine. There was an odd occasion when a rare heat wave would cause the milk to turn by evening, but usually it lasted.

Ellen said...

There's that humour again - too many flags. Love it!